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on sector sanctions that will get the attention of russia? that is a fundamental issue. is germany willing to sacrifice short-term economic growth to put pressure on president putin? that is a fundamental question that needs to be answered. >> do you think they will be able to come up with an answer? >> mohamed nailed the biggest question about the meeting today. when it comes to the next round of sanctions, the big hammer the west has had hanging over fiber over vladimir putin has been the sectoral sanctions. $50 will take a major hit, billion of imports. angela merkel is hearing from their business interests. they don't want anything to do with the sectoral sanctions. her ability to stay aligned with the president is crucial for sectoral sanctions to work and not be implemented in patchwork fashion. >> mohamed, you mentioned because the economy is getting tighter that the cost of protectionism is rising as well. >> it is interesting we have not seen protectionism happen like you would have expected when we went into a major economic slowdown. the key issue now is step-by-step this diplom
a deal done with t-mobile. it's got to negotiate with budget telecom back in germany, t-mobile.of >> u.s. regulators seem to be the hurdle. i think back to the at&t deal in 2011, everyone thought it will pass but u.s. regulators stopped it. what is he thinking? at&t buying t-mobile is different from sprint brine t-mobile. at&t is one of the big dominant ones up there with verizon. they are one and two. three and four are a distant three and four. he said, you put three and four together, we are still going to struggle to compete with one and two. also if you have the comcast situation. in a lot of ways, all of this is coming together. cable companies and dish companies and phone companies are all becoming one. he is going to argue that the landscape is different and it was just a few years ago. >> so they are trying to piggyback on the comcast-time warner cable deal, hoping regulators will see it as the whole industry shaking up. >> there was the airline deal when american airlines merge with u.s. air. you ask how it is relevant. the regulators let a deal go through that a number of fo
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